(Closed) Drama Llama Mama-in-Law

posted 7 years ago in Family
Post # 3
14092 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is there any way you can shift him to another table to appease her?  If not, you’ve done all you can.

I’ll tell you my own Mother-In-Law story, just to commiserate with you:

We had tables of eight at our wedding.  When I started to do the seating chart, I asked Mother-In-Law who she’d like to sit with, and said there were 6 free seats at the table for her, so including her and her husband, the list needed to be eight people.  A day later, she sends me a list of ten people.  I told her that we unfortunately can’t fit ten, and which couple should I move to another table.  I also said the couple that got moved would be at the table immediately adjacent to her, so they’d still be able to talk and see them, plus it’s just for dinner.  She told me they’d just squish then.  I said no way, that’s terrible, especially when there was no reason to do that (adequate seating elsewhere).  She then demanded I get her a ten person table.  I told her no, that we weren’t doing 19 tables of 8 and one table of 10, that would look silly, especially when she was at a table right in the front.  Finally, she tells me I’m forcing her to choose between her best friends and her oldest friends, and she’s incredibly disappointed to how I handled the situation.  I just about lost it on DH.  Basic math – eight people, eight seats.  Not ten people, eight seats. Not ten people, ten seats. Eight.  It’s not a hard concept to get to the number eight.Our conversatio ended up with me having the snarky comment of, “I promise, I won’t superglue anyone to their seats, so you’ll all be able to get up and talk.” 

I was so furious, but… this wasn’t incredibly out of the ordinary for how our planning went.  In the end, there were eight people at her table and everyone had a good time.  The extra couple was seated immediately adjacent to her, and they talked all night before and after dinner.

Long story short, I feel ya.  Just keep your chin up!


Post # 5
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

OMG Girl I feel you….I am so sorry….it is so sad when you honestly have a sickness in your stomach over someone you HAVE to have a part of your life! MIL’s can be THE WORST!

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